Here’s a recap of our week of croup, tumbles, and buns biscuits.

Sassafras (2nd Grade):

In history this week Sassafras learned a little bit about life on a southern plantation. She also read about Joseph Haydn and finished Paddle-to-the-Sea. This week we finished up Unit 3 of Tapestry of Grace Year 2. Next week we’ll start Unit 4 with Benjamin Franklin and then move into the Revolutionary War. In science she learned about the water cycle, the ice age, and climate change.


In grammar she learned about synonyms and antonyms, and in spelling she started All About Spelling 5 and practiced alphabetizing to the second letter. (The latter was a little rough.) In Latin we learned the first declension plural endings. I guess we’ll learn next year what they all mean since we’re about done with Latin for the year. In literature she finished The Railway Children and started a Classic Starts version of Gulliver’s Travels. Next week’s history schedules a much easier version of Gulliver’s Travels, but I substituted this longer chapter book, hence the need to get a head start this week. To celebrate finishing the Railway Children we made English Cranberry-Orange Tea Buns. InEngland, a biscuit is a cookie and, apparently, a bun is a biscuit. So basically we made biscuits with a bit of orange zest and dried cranberries. I thought they were pretty good (especially with syrup), but Sassafras wasn’t crazy about the cranberries. She still had fun making them!


In art Sassafras and the Z-man did their own little simulation of how Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Systine Chapel. I don’t think Michelangelo had a Pillow Pet under his head, though. 🙂


Her first soccer game was last Friday. They played one of the toughest teams and tied the game. Meanwhile, the fine mist we had to sit through during the game gave Doodlebug the croup. Sigh.

Z-man (Kindergarten):

The Z-man just plugged along in his math and phonics. He read his third Little Bear book. We’ll be moving on to something else next week since I’m out of Little Bear books. In science he learned about how the gears of a clock work. We’re still enjoying Treasures of the Snow as our read-aloud.

Little Man (3 years old):

I had the official meeting this week to end Little Man’s speech therapy. He scored on the upper end of average on all of his evaluations. He surprises me every day with the new things he says. 🙂 He also stayed in his own bed two nights this week. 🙂 Little Man just rolled along with his little bit of preschool.

Doodlebug (23 months):

As I mentioned above, Doodlebug came down with the croup last weekend. She ended up at the doctor’s office on Tuesday because she started running a fever and was obviously miserable. She also had a chest x-ray to make sure “the penny” was not stuck in her chest. I wish they had x-rayed her lower half instead because that penny still hasn’t come out the other end. It’s been one week as of yesterday. We haven’t had anything to look at since Wednesday, so I’m still  hopeful that we’ll see the penny today. Pity me. Please.

P.S. I thought I was finished writing about Doodlebug’s week, but I’ve just found it necessary to report that 5 minutes ago she decided to try to climb out of her crib and, and as result, she took a tumble to the floor. She appears to be more scared than hurt. Oh my word. I’m not ready for this.

P.P.S. No penny today. 😦


This week I only read 4% of Don Quixote because I spent too much time on my new Mac. <Grin>